Soliloquy. Kenneth Goldsmith. Granary Books. 2001.


Granary Books, 2001. Item #GB_100
ISBN: 9781887123532

6 x 10 in., 296 pp., smyth-sewn in wrappers.

“Confronted with the clutter of ‘real’ speech (not to mention its content, which might prove more embarrassing than its stammers and mumbles), we realize that we all sound a bit like George Bush. This originating concept may be simple, but the end result is a complex provocation on language and visuality, documentary, autobiography, and the elusive relation between an individual’s speech and the linguistic patterns of a particular social milieu... By choosing to cast Soliloquy as both installation and book, Goldsmith is drawing attention to the fact that reading and looking are not equivalent activities.”
–Gordon Tipper, zingmagazine

“If every word spoken in New York City daily were somehow to materialize as a snowflake, each day there would be a blizzard.”
–Kenneth Goldsmith

Soliloquy, a written record of every word spoken during one week by Kenneth Goldsmith—artist, web designer, and DJ—debuted as a text installation in 1997. Presenting all of one man’s words in a continuous, abstract stream, the work inspired self-examination by both artist and viewers. In this book version, language is concrete as well as arranged. The collection of words is divided into seven “acts” through which the structure and sequence of Goldsmith’s days becomes evident.

Designed by Kenneth Goldsmith, printed offset. This is from an edition of 1500 copies. Out-of-print. Very good copy with light shelf wear.


Further reading: collected reviews and press, including Michael Workman in New Art ExaminerPublisher's Weekly, Doug Nufer in Rain Taxi, Christian Bök on UbuWeb, and Gordon Tapper in Zingmagazine.

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